Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Flower Lanterns

Hello!  I thought I would pull out my Misti again today and do another Penny Black image.  I've always wanted this stamp, and while I was in London yesterday I stopped in at Stamp Art and picked it up.  It's called Flower Lanterns.

 I used canson 140lb cold press watercolour paper.  I placed this it in the Misti, placed my stamp where I wanted it and the closed the lid to pick up the stamp.

For my colours I used several different mediums - distress oxide inks, distress markers, prismacolour pencils.  I started by using my pan pastel applicator to apply the disress oxide inks to my image.  This applicator has a  small pointed tip, so  it was easy to get into small areas. I continue to add oxide  inks, sometimes I would give a light spritz of water, sometimes not.  I then used distress markers for the vines. I lost some of the detail on the leaves so to draw them back in I used a brown 005 Micron marker, but I thought the brown wasn't a good fit so went over it with a black micron marker.  I think it was a bit harsh to for the other leaves I used a distress marker in a green tone and preferred that over the micron pens.

Once I was satisfied with the ink impressions, I went in with my prismacolour pencils to add more depth.  I then cut the image down to 6.5 x 4 3/4.  I then sponged distress oxide ink in antique linen, then a bit of walnut stain, and a touch of peeled paint.

On a scrap piece of cardstock a ran a strip of double sided two way tape 1/4 inch wide along the edge.  I added some cosmic shimmer gilding flakes, burnished it off and then trimmed to the height I needed.  I adhered this to the front of my card, the adhered my image up against the guilded strip.  I love the foil look.  I have several different colours of this, but never think to use it.

To finish off I added some sequins - gold, copper, & green.

I wish you could see the card in real - the texture of the lanterns look like suede - it must be the combination of the oxide inks and the water colour paper, so pretty. Finished card, 6.5 x 5.

Well, that's it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, January 26, 2018


Happy Friday everyone! It's been a very busy  month for me.  I am starting in a new role on Monday at my workplace, so I've been training people on my current job.  Totally exhausted by the end of the day to say the least, both mentally and physically!  Hence, the reason for not a lot of postings.

I did manage to make a wedding card but I don't have it photographed yet. But what I will share with you are some Christmas cards.  Now, I'm sure you have seen similar samples on the Penny Black blog. I basically  took Jill's instructions and colours and went to town.  This stamp is called Restful.

Again, not my idea, but I love the outcome I just had to share.  Good thing for my Misti.

Here are the 3 cards I made, using distress inks, tombow markers, white gel pen, and white paint. I didn't have all the same colours of ink and brand types that Jill used, so I substituted for what I had.  Not a lot of explaining so I'll just leave you with the samples.

Which is your favourite?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Go wild

I really don't know what has gotten into me lately, but I'm finding it a huge struggle to make a card. I wasn't well the first few weeks of Jan, and now that I'm able to work on cards, I just can't seem to get in the groove.  I see that Power Poppy has a 'page map' challenge, maybe I should go take a look for some inspiration to get me going!

I do however, have a card to share.  I finished this up early Dec, but just never posted it, and since I haven't made anything new to share I'll share this one.

Image is from Power Poppy -"Go wild". Well I think I went a bit wild on this one with all the different purple tones, what do you think?

I used copics to colour, the die cut it using a spellbinder square die.  I then layered it onto a piece of designer paper, cut using a stitched square die (MFT).  For the dark purple background I embossed it. Yes, I embossed it - it's been forever since I used my embossing folders, but love that bit of design when you use plain card stock.

To finish I used clear wink of stella to the flowers, added some pearls and then some seam binding ribbon.  All the purple tones seem to blend better in real then in this picture (ok we will blame it on the camera! LOL).

Well that's it for me for today, off to get my roast going for dinner in my Instant Pot.  Anyone else out there have one? I love it.  This morning I made a pot of chicken noodle soup in it, so easy and so tasty!

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Painted Harvest x 2

Hello everyone!  Sorry I've been away for a while.  Wasn't feel well, but I'm on the mend. 

I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I made these over the Christmas Holidays. The set I'm using is from SU called Painted Harvest.  I have seen so many gorgeous samples made with this set, so when SU had free shipping around the beginning of Dec I jumped at the chance.  Normally this set would of cost me almost $45 CAD, (stamp set, shipping & taxes) which I refuse to pay that kind of money for one set, but with free shipping that knocked off $15.  Still a bit much, but knew I would get a lot of use of out this set.

I made 2 cards, same colours and layout, just changed the finished touches a bit.

I started by cutting a decorative edge along the bottom. I used Simon Says Corbel curved border die - love it! then I stamped the flowers and leaves and was careful not to stamp on the border edging.

This is a 2 step stamping set, but I just used 1 colour for the flower vs 2 which most people do.
I used SU coastal cabana.  My ink pad isn't overly juicy which I didn't mind, it gave it a softer look.
For the leaves I used SU mint macaron, and for the centers I used SU crumb cake.
To finish my first card off I added a silk bow along the right edge of the border and a couple of sequins. I left the inside liner blank so this could be used for many occasions.

For my second card, it was prepared the same as the first card except for the finishing touches.  I added a little tag - which says ' happy wishes' and added a lime green bow.  I also added some enamel dots. I left the liner blank in this as well, but could be used for birthday, thinking of you, or a congrats card.

Good timing on typing up this post, our pork tenderloin w/ mini potatoes and baby carrots just finished cooking in my Instant Pot! This afternoon, I made some rice pudding in the pot, it is the best I have ever made or eaten, so creamy and delicious!  I love my Instant pot!!! 

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your visit. See you back here soon,


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Magnolia Rhapsody

Hi everyone.  I still have some Christmas cards to share, but I think I'll give you a break from those for a bit and share one of my newest cards I made over the holidays.

My BFF surprised me with a birthday gift (which was on Dec 26), and in that gift bag along with other things is this beautiful stamp from Penny Black called Magnolia Rhapsody.  I just couldn't wait to get ink on this one.  Since it was my first card using this stamp I surprised her by sending this to her, after all she did buy this, so thought it was only fitting that I give her the first card I made with it!

Again, what would I do without my Misti!  So yes, I placed the stamp into my Misti, and coloured using Tombow markers, then stamped this onto some Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper. Once this was all coloured and stamped to my liking, I removed from my Misti and cut it down to size.

I then needed to add a bit of background colouring, so every so gently I added a bit of light blue tombow marker ink and started to shade in among the flowers, well didn't I get just a bit too much water and it pulled some of the dark green from the leaves and branches.  So rather than try to fix it, I just went with it all over.  Just barely touched the leaves with a wet paint brush to pull some of the colour, then take a clean wet brush and spread it out.

I used Kaiser Craft Gypsy sisters collection paper. I added some clear PTI rhinestones, but it still needed something else.  I found ribbon a bit too heavy for it, didn't want to take away from the image, so I went with some fine silver thread/twine - perfect!  I then added a bit of shimmer to the flowers using Wink of stella clear.

I think I will make a cup a tea and snuggle in for the night.  It's going down to -34 with the wind chill.
Brrrrrrrrrr..........  Suppose to be like this until Sunday!

Thu Overnight
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
Feels like: -34
POP: 20%
Wind: 28 km/h NW
Wind gust: 42 km/h
Humidity: 70%
Hourly Forecast

Thanks for your visit.  Till next time,

Monday, January 1, 2018

All is calm

Hello and Happy New Year everyone! I did manage to make a couple of new cards yesterday but didn't get a chance to photograph them yet, so instead I'm bringing you another Christmas cards

This one is from Penny Black - Dressed in Snow.

I just love these stamps.  Pop them into your MISTI, colour and stamp away.  I used Tombow markers for colouring the trees.  Once I obtained the colour and depth of the shading, I clear embossed the image.  I then used MFT stitched rectangle die and cut it  out. 

Since I clear embossed it, this will resist any inks applied, which is what I love about this technique.
I sponged my background using Memento inks.  With a white gel pen I added some 'snow' along some of the branches of the bare tree and along the fence, and also added some dots for falling snow.

Using Penny Black Festive Snippets, I place my scene back in my Misti, placed the sentiment where I wanted it, then inked and stamped.  I did this a couple of times to get a good impression.

 I layered the image onto some gold mirri paper then onto some white cardstock.

A quick and easy card. 

Thanks for your visit, have a wonderful day!